I forgot to mention the other day E. J. Dionne's column in Friday's Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/11/AR2007101101601.html) that addresses the GOP attack machine's treatment of Graeme Frost, the 12-year-old from Baltimore who delivered the Democrats' reply to a radio address by President Bush in September concerning his veto of the expansion of the children's health care program known as SCHIP. Dionne rightly identifies this conduct as reprehensible and, in my view, hardly consistent with upholding "family values." Here are some highlights:
Frost is the 12-year-old from Baltimore who delivered the Democrats' reply to a radio address by President Bush in September. The seventh-grader pleaded -- in vain, it turned out -- that the president not veto Congress's $35 billion expansion of the children's health care program known as SCHIP. A car crash in December 2004 left two of Halsey and Bonnie Frost's children comatose, Graeme with a brain stem injury and Gemma, his sister, with a cranial fracture.
The kids were treated, thanks to SCHIP. The Frosts spoke out so the public would know that real people lie behind the acronym. Their reward was to be trashed on right-wing blogs and talk radio as if they were multimillionaires ripping off the system. The assault on the Frosts apparently began on the Free Republic Web site and quickly spread to National Review Online, Power Line and Michelle Malkin's blog, as well as Rush Limbaugh's radio show.
And of what were the Frosts guilty? Well, they own their own home, which they bought for $55,000 in 1990 and which is now worth about $260,000; they invested in a commercial property, valued at $160,000; Halsey Frost, a self-employed woodworker, once owned a small business that was dissolved in 1999; and Graeme attends a private school on scholarship. I rely here on facts reported this week in the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times, both of which set straight the more outlandish claims made by the Frosts' attackers. The right is unapologetic.
Why is it that the far right in the GOP are so anti-abortion, yet really do not seem to give a flying f**k about children once they are born? I simply do not understand the logic - or, should I say, the lack thereof? Another review of this despicable behavior can be found here in Time: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1670210,00.html